Come Write Inside Deborah Cordon's home
Community Artist and Facilitator, Deborah Cordon is welcoming people across Torbay to come visit her home on Lymington Road and write on furniture and objects inside her house. In this sixth insider video feature on Eyeview (extra)ordinary - 10 days of events, performances and activities from 7-16 June - we speak to Deborah about a project that has got everyone writing.
Deborah is opening up her front door and offering up her furniture for Eyeview’s (extra)ordinary programme, as she encourages people to write on objects around her house on Lymington Road, Hele Torquay. Deborah wants people to visit her home and add to the ever-evolving installation. Through textiles, painting, drawing, writing and everything in-between, Deb wants people to share their thoughts, memories and an insight into the neighbourhood and the people who live here. Here’s what she had to say about her Eyeview (extra)ordinary project Write2Read…
“I do work that that’s difficult to define, but it’s basically working with people to help express views through different sorts of arts. This particular project is focused on writing, its sort of easily assessable to everybody because we can all write, we all have words to say. This is probably the most interesting project I’ve done for a while… I’ve really enjoyed the creative process of setting this up.
I came across the Eyeview (extra)ordinary project actually through a friend of mine who sent me a link and I read it through and thought it was a really great idea. I wanted it to be something a bit more local and how I feel about the area… there a lot more great places in Torbay then maybe visitors will see, there’s a whole world out here that maybe sometimes doesn’t get the recognition I would like it to.
Write2Read is a project that helps people to get the ideas and words that they’ve got inside them out, in a way that can be read and digested and thought about and considered… Everything in this room for Write2Read that’s black, can be written on and can be written on in lots of different ways. It can be painted on, it could be graffitied on, it could be stitched on. My role, is to facilitate that, to make it possible, to make it so people can do that and I think part of my role is to provide stimulus to prompt some writing.
As part of Write2Read I’m going to running some guided walks from the house, along Lymington Road to the petrol station and back again. Probably not an area where you would expect a guided walk, but it’s a way of showing people what a great area we live in here. Along the way there’s quite a few surprises organised for people, just so they get a taste of the sorts of things we do and the sorts or people that live here and the type of community in this area.
I think I want people to take from this experience, a renewed love of writing, a renewed confidence in words… I want people to take away the fact that you can do art in the most unexpected places. Write2read is an opportunity for people to just come and have a go at expressing those thoughts and those ideas and dreams. It feels good if you’re trying to write something, to do it collectively, to support each other to the aim of Write2Read.”
- Deborah Cordon, Community Artist and Facilitator.
If something can be written on or in, you can write it: buckets, spades, deckchairs, postcards, bunting, palm leaves. If something makes marks or doodles, you can use it: pens, pencils, burnt sticks, paints, fingers. Find out more about Write2Read and the Eyeview (extra)ordinary programme (7-16 June, free to attend): https://eye-view.org.uk/events-extraordinary